The Devils fell 4-2 to the Rangers in their final home game of the season, and as they saluted their fans after a disappointed finale, they were met with a disappointed chorus of boos (Fire and Ice, April 7).
“You obviously hear it,” goaltender Cory Schneider said. “We think it’s the Rangers’ fans and, if we want our fans around, we should win. It’s pretty simple.”
Mike Cammalleri leaned on the subway system for an explanation, hoping it was a result of a high concentration of Rangers fans in the building, as well.
“I think it’s a result of there being a lot of Rangers’ fans.” Cammalleri said. “It’s easy access with that train Penn (Station) to Penn (Station). I’ve done it a few times myself. It’s very convenient and I think that’s all you’re seeing there. We love our fans. Our fans are great and they’ve been supportive and it’s not the easiest thing to be supportive when things are going well. So, we do appreciate them very much.”
In the end, the Devils are thankful for their fans, whether they booed or not.
“I know our fans are out there and loyal,” Adam Henrique said. “It’s always fun playing in this building. They’re always behind us. They had a lot of fans here tonight, obviously. You could see at the end all the blue shirts. So, I know our fans are out there cheering for us. It sucks we couldn’t get a win for them tonight.”
Recap: The Rangers clinched the President’s Trophy at the Prudential Center and swept the season series from the Devils for the first time since 1993-94.
Need to know: Goalie Cory Schneider kept the Devils in it, stopping 36 of 39 shots two days after allowing three goals on six shots before being pulled in the first period against the Rangers.
Kevin Hayes and Ryan McDonagh scored in a 47-second span in the first period for the Rangers, who outshot the Devils 33-10 in the first two periods and 40-21 for the game.
The Devils’ Patrik Elias cut the lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal with 2:16 left in the first period.
The Rangers’ James Sheppard made it 3-1 with 9:19 left in the third before Steve Bernier cut the deficit back to one 51 seconds later. . .New York’s Carl Hagelin closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:48 left.
The Rangers are 10-3-1 in the second of back-to-back games this season — second best in the league behind Calgary (7-2-1, .750).
The Rangers (52-21-7) tied a franchise record for wins and can set the franchise record for points with two in their remaining two games.
Links: <a href="http://sny.stats.com/nhl/recap.asp?g=2015040711&home=11&vis=13&final=true" target="_blank">AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils close out the season with games at Tampa Bay Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Florida Saturday (7 p.m.)
The Devils have found their purpose at the end of their third playoff-less season: getting a win against the Rangers (NJ.com, April 6).
After their 6-1 loss on Saturday, the worst loss to the Rangers since a 6-1 defeat on Oct. 30, 1996, Cory Schneider couldn’t be more fired up to get back in the crease and finish strong.
“Sure. You’d like to finish the season strong. Whether it was against the Rangers or not, that was a tough game to have,” Schneider said Monday after practice. The starting goalie let in three goals on six shots in the first 13 minutes of play.
“It was tough regardless of who the opponent was. (Losing to the Rangers) makes it a little worse, but just as a goalie you want to come back and get another chance. I’d like to finish out the year with a couple of wins, starting tomorrow night. It’s on me to be better.”
But Schneider isn’t the only Devil who can’t wait to get another shot at the Rangers. To read more of this story, click here
Keith Kinkaid was unable to help the Devils come back from a three goal deficit when he took over between the pipes for Cory Schneider in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Rangers. And for the goalie making his debut against the Rangers, who grew up on Long Island as a Islanders fan, this loss hit him where it hurts (NJ.com, April 4).
“Yeah, I hate that team,” Kinkaid said of the Rangers. “Not the way I wanted to come in and start my career against them. It’s a tough one to swallow.”
Kinkaid replaced Schneider after the starting goalie let in three goals on six shots in 12:24.
“Yeah, I wasn’t expecting it,” Kinkaid said. “They were kind of flukey goals. It wasn’t Schneids’ fault by any means. The bounces just weren’t going our way. They could’ve had a few more that just missed the net. Even their dump-ins were bouncing off things.”
Even though this was a more personal loss for Kinkaid, GM/interim coach Lou Lamoriello isn’t taking it lightly either.
“We allowed some things to happen that haven’t been happening,” Lamoriello said. “Whatever opportunities we gave them they took advantage of it. Unfortunately that’s the way the whole night went.”
Cory Schneider said he would have pulled himself less than 13 minutes into the game on Saturday after the Rangers took a 3-0 lead on six shots (NJ.com, April 5).
“I gave up three goals on six shots. There’s not much of a decision there,” Schneider said. “It’s disappointing. My teammates came out and they played hard on a back-to-back (game) and I couldn’t make a save.”
No surprise Schneider was hard on himself, especially after the Devils failed to come back, ultimately losing in a 6-1 defeat.
“Especially in this building against this team, you have to make the big save,” Schneider said. “You have to come up with one there somewhere and stop the bleeding. I wasn’t able to do that and 13 minutes into the game we were pretty far out of it. It’s just unacceptable for me. I’m disappointed in myself. The score was a lot worse than the game was.”
Back up goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed three more goals, but Schneider still shouldered all of the blame.
“I expect to play well every night. You never think that’s going to happen. Unfortunately it does,” Schneider said. “It’s been a while since I had a first period like that. Maybe after the second or into the third it’s gotten away from me a few times, but it’s been a long while since I had a first period like that and it’s tough that it had to happen tonight.”